Now we re"enter tne Val d'Orcia and reach Montalcino.
We know nothing certain about the first settlements at Montalcino, but the area was certainly already inhabited in the time of the Etruscans.

The origin of present-day Montalcino can be traced back to the 9th to 10th centuries, when the sackings and invasions of the Saracens against the maritime cities of the Tyrrhenian coast drove their inhabitants to seek a safer haven inland.
From the twelfth century onward, Montalcino was already an autonomous commune, but for a long time, at least until the Renaissance period, it was contested between the Florentine and Sienese spheres of influence, and moments of high tension alternated periods of relative calm and well-being.
In the middle years of the 14th century, it fell under the control of Siena.
In 1462 it was raised to the rank of a city, and was made a diocese together with Pienza by Pope Pius II. In 1553 Montalcino suffered the last great siege in its history, at the hands of the Imperial and Medicean forces, and in 1553, after the surrender of Siena to the Medici, it became the seat of the exiled republican government of Siena, which held out until 1559.

Montalcino, splendid Sienese stronghold in the heart of Val d'Orcia, we celebrate the Feast of the Thrush, a manifestation of historical folk who lights the minds of the entire population. The challenge of archery is one of the four quarters of Montalcino - Handbags, Pianello, Ruga and Travaglio - that arose thousands of years ago on the slopes of the hill, unificatisi, gave rise to the city.
The crux of the whole event - which takes place between local products tasting, parades and marches - and the race of archery among the archers, because representatives for each district. The winner withdraws from the Field Captain of a Silver Arrow, chanting songs of joy and leading the losers with funny grimaces.
All winter quarters losers will suffer the songs and jokes of the winner, a witness to come to this festival is not a simple, albeit spectacular, a reenactment, it is rather the expression of the social life of the inhabitants of Montalcino.


Montepulciano Montalcino San Gimignano


Abbazia di S. Antimo Roselle San Galgano Castiglion della Pescaia Chiusdino